More than 200 people were forced to spend the night in a cold airplane after a passenger became ill in January 2019. The plane was heading from Newark, New Jersey, to Hong Kong. But when a passenger started having a seizure, the plane made an emergency landing in Newfoundland, Canada.
Things got worse from there.
While medical personnel were able to escort the man off the plane, the rest of the passengers were forced to stay put. There were no customs staffers working since the plane arrived at night. Plus, one of the cabin doors was frozen and needed repairing, so the flight couldn’t continue on to Hong Kong.
The weather was terrible that night, with a temperature of -25 degrees Fahrenheit and a windchill of -65. There was heat on the plane, but passengers still reported being cold.
A rescue airplane eventually arrived to transport the stranded passengers, some 27 hours after they initially took off.